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Our work covers the responsibilities of the Department for Education, and of the departments of Health, and Work and Pensions. The Children's Plan published in 2007 set out long-term goals to 2020, and performance targets up to 2010. All relevant departments are expected to work together to meet the goals, which address child poverty, health and well-being, and support for families. We have examined a wide range of proposed programmes, which are listed below.

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Client Funds Account – Statutory Child Maintenance Schemes 2012-13

Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has again been unable to give a full sign off to the statutory child maintenance schemes account.

Published:
1 Apr 2014

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Departmental Overview: A summary of the NAO’s work on the Department for Education 2011-12

This Departmental Overview is one of 15 we are producing covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Department for Education during 2011-12.

Published:
26 Sep 2012

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Departmental overview: A summary of the NAO’s work on the Department for Education 2010-2011

This Departmental Overview is one of 17 we have produced covering our work on each major government department.  It summarises our work on the Department for Education during 2010-2011.

Published:
14 Sep 2011

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Department for Education: The Academies Programme

Many academies are performing impressively in delivering the Academies Programme’s intended improvements. Most academies are achieving greater rates of improvement in academic attainment than their predecessor schools.

Published:
10 Sep 2010

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Cafcass’s response to increased demand for its services

Although Cafcass could not have predicted the sustained increase in care cases from November 2008, it could have responded more quickly and cost effectively to the large and sustained increase in care cases from local authorities.

Published:
28 Jul 2010

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Short guide to the NAO’s work on the Department for Education

This short guide is one of 17 we have produced covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Department for Education during the last Parliament.

Published:
30 Jun 2010

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Sure Start children’s centres – Memorandum for the Children, Schools and Families Committee

Sure Start children’s centres – Memorandum for the Children, Schools and Families Committee

Published:
14 Jan 2010

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Supporting people with autism through adulthood

“Greater awareness of the numbers of people with autism, as well as better understanding of autism amongst those providing health, social care, benefits, education and employment services, would lead to improved quality of life for those on the autistic spectrum. Specialist support and joint working across all areas – clinical, social and employment – could improve the transition from childhood to adult services, make services more effective and improve value for money.”

 

Published:
5 Jun 2009

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Financial Management in the Department for Children, Schools and Families

“The Department has made progress in integrating financial management with its strategic and corporate planning. There is room for a better understanding of costs attributable to each of the Department’s strategic objectives. The Department could usefully consult further with delivery organisations such as local authorities to see what might be done here. It also needs to improve its management of financial risks, and to use the introduction of new finance systems to improve financial reporting and forecasting.”

In 2007-08 the Department’s expenditure totalled £48.9 billion and around £40 billion (82 per cent of the Department’s spending) was spent on schools or services to support schools.

The Department has built up a large capital underspend, which is around £2.4 billion at the end of March 2009. In 2007-08 the balance increased by £654 million to £1.9 billion and 2008-09 figures will show that this increased to around £2.4 billion by the end of March 2009.

Schools build up surpluses when they do not spend their full budgets and carry over the balances to future years. An excessive surplus is defined by the Department as being greater than five per cent of annual budget for secondary schools and greater than eight per cent for nursery, primary and special schools. At 31 March 2008 nearly 40 per cent of schools had excessive cumulative surpluses and 22 per cent had held an excessive cumulative surplus for at least the last three years.

Accruals accounting is an accounting convention under which transactions are recognised as the underlying economic events occur, irrespective of the timing of cash receipts and payments related to these transactions. Under accruals accounting, expenditure incurred or income earned, but not yet paid or received, are included in the accounts in the period when they were incurred or earned. This differs from cash accounting where income and expenditure are recognised when the cash is received or paid respectively.

Published:
30 Apr 2009

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Department for Children, Schools and Families – Mathematics performance in primary schools: Getting the best results

“Helping children to master basic mathematics is a central part of their primary education and in 2007 pupils in their final year achieved the best set of results so far in the national tests. In recent years, however, the rate of improvement in primary mathematics has slowed and almost a quarter of pupils are still not equipped with the understanding of mathematics they need to study the subject further, or to tackle subjects such as science once they start secondary school. The Department needs to improve how teachers assess pupils’ progress throughout the primary years, so that they can support every child to do their best in mathematics.”

Published:
19 Nov 2008

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